Despite all my hopes of reading more books this year and setting a ridiculously high goodreads challenge as encouragement, I am not having the best start to the year reading-wise. I have ‘DNF’d’ four, that’s right four, books already this year and the time I wasted pushing through to at least half way of those four, was time I could have spent reading other, more fabulous books.
The fact that I am even Continue reading “DNFing Books | a discussion”
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Let’s kick 2019 off with a fun tag. I saw this over on Drew’s blog and thought I’d give it a go. The original was posted on the booktube channel Bookables. If you fancy doing it too, consider yourself tagged!
How many books are you planning to read in 2019?
Well…last year I set my Goodreads target at 12 because I didn’t want to pressure myself & ended up reading 160 books… So this year I’ve gone for 150 but I already feel like I’m falling behind! I’m going to try and forget about it and just read like I normally would and see what happens. I’d like to hit 200 one year but that feels a way off yet.
Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but want to make a priority in 2019?
1. Bloody Rose – Nicholas Eames
2. Fire & Blood – GRR Martin
3. In the Region of the Summer Stars – Stephen Lawhead
4. Child of a Mad God – RA Salvatore
5. Tombland – CJ Sansom
Name a genre you want to read more of?
Not really a genre, but I’d like to read more non-fiction this year. Fiction-wise I’m happy sticking to fantasy and its various sub-genres
Three non-book related goals for 2019
1. settle into my new job
2. plan our wedding
3. travel more in the UK
What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?
A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan
One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be?
(not a very exciting word, granted, but I have lots I want to get done this year so here’s hoping I manage it 😀 )
‘love as thou wilt’
I read and adored Jacqueline Carey’s magnificent Phedre’s Trilogy last year so I thought I’d combine my reviews for the trilogy here in case you fancy some exquisite writing and epic romance in a Renaissance-esque fantasy setting. Featuring royalty, pirates, kidnapping and betrayal, happy reading!
While the start Continue reading “Phedre’s Trilogy | Jacqueline Carey | series review”
Happy 2019 everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive period and are excited to begin a new year.
Reading through my 2017 reading wrap up, I feel a bit disappointed to write that I’ve had another year where the majority of the books I’ve read have been a bit average. That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the majority of my reads, just that not many really stick out now we’re at the end of the year. Continue reading “2018 Reading Wrap Up”
Now I need to open with a disclaimer – this is not, as such, a list of resolutions. It would be more accurate to describe this as ‘a list of books/series I would like to get to this year’, but I won’t cry if I don’t manage them all nor will I be revolutionising/changing the way I do my reading. But that doesn’t make for a catchy title, does it?
I am a lover of lists. I even recently found a list of lists I need to make in one of my notebooks, but my problem is that I don’t keep them in one place, nor do I regularly go back to check if I’ve completed the tasks. I use them more for a kind of brain dump for what’s bothering me/floating in my head at the time. Which is all very well and good, but doesn’t help me in relation to remembering which books I want to read/what new releases are upcoming. I find it tricky to remember which series I’m waiting for a new book in, which ones I just need to buy the sequels for, and which new releases I have my eye on. So my plan is to type up a central list of books/series I would like to read so that I can come back to it over the year and remember.
Are you ready for my ultimate list? Are you sure? It’s pretty long… Here we go: Continue reading “2019 Reading Resolutions”
A Time of Blood is book two of John Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone series and I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan and Tor UK for this.
It’s not often that I finish a book I love and struggle to articulate why everyone else will love it too. It’s been over twelve hours since I finished this masterpiece and my prevailing thought remains ‘it’s fantastic, read it, it’s fantastic, read it’… So I will do my best to explain why you should. I’d also like to note that while there are references to events and characters in Gwynne’s The Faithful and the Fallen series, this series can be read without having read them. You can find my review of the first book in this series, A Time of Dread, here.
A Time of Blood is the perfect sequel, it delivers more Continue reading “A Time of Blood | John Gwynne | a review”
Despite having read quite widely this year, I haven’t read many stand-out books. I’ve read lots of good ones, funny ones, entertaining ones, but few ‘oh my I will reread this for the rest of my life’ books. Apart from those listed below… they have really left their mark on me. Instead of writing full reviews I have chosen some quotes to whet your appetite. If I have previously reviewed them on here or on Goodreads, I will link it so you can investigate further if you so wish. So without further ado, here be some greatness: Continue reading “Favourite Reads | 2018”
So as 2018 draws to a close I’ve been reflecting on my reading habits. One big difference in my reading this year has been the introduction of audiobooks. At first I didn’t think I’d get along with them but I’m pleased to say that with the right audiobook, it’s easily as addictive as reading physical books. In fact, I regularly find myself extending my walk, doing more housework or sitting in my car for an extra ten minutes to carry on listening. Crazy!
Here are my favourite listens of 2018:
Continue reading “Favourite Audiobooks | 2018”
2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for new releases, especially from a few of my favourite authors, and I am super excited to delve back into some of my favourite worlds in preparation. This is list is just the tip of the iceberg and I am hoping I will discover many more new releases next year to enjoy.
Beneath the Twisted Trees | Bradley P Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #4, UK exp. pub 18th April 2019
To my shame I Continue reading “Most Anticipated Releases of 2019”
On these cold days and dark nights I’m tempted to curl up with some of my favourite novels, candles and blankets and indulge my desire to reread, yet weirdly, I’m filled with guilt at the mere thought. That’s not right, is it? Over the past few months I’ve done quite a bit of rereading, because a new book in a series has been released or because I have fond memories of reading it the first time round and I want to experience that joy again. Surely that’s acceptable, isn’t it? In the back of my mind I’m aware that there are so many books in the world that I want to read but I will never get the chance to, you know, the age old ‘too many books, too little time’. My to-be-read lists and shelves get bigger with every second I browse Goodreads/Instagram/Waterstones, every time I read a book by a new-to-me author and decide I need their backlist and with every juicy new release by well-loved and debut authors alike. But this should not prevent me from enjoying a good old reread. It can be rare to find an author/series/stand alone book that resonates so deep you want to read it again and again, so why stop myself? Easy. I shouldn’t and I won’t. Here are 6 reasons you should embrace the reread. Continue reading “6 Reasons to Reread”